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Library Manager and Information Specialist at IMI Institute for Research and Development Ltd., the Israel Chemicals Ltd. corporate research centre in Haifa Bay Israel. Educated at Millfield School and Pembroke College, Oxford University reading chemistry.


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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Of course Chabad are there, but 1) they are specifically there to bring forces of kedushah and provide some Yiddishkeit to the tourists to prevent them hv"h turning aside 2) they are sufficiently committed in their beliefs to be able to do this.
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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
The question was edited. Maybe it would be better unedited.
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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
OK if you feel that way. Nevertheless it's an item very relevant at he moment.
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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Personally I feel that these areas are unsuitable for observant Jews. Of course there is free will but I was interested to raise the subject for discussion.
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comment If a Niddah spits on you are you Impure?
I don't think it's that relevant re Temple Mount since everyone is Tamei Met (corpse impurity) and cannot be purified.
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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Both questions are valid, but I was aiming more at should.
Oct
27
comment Blessings on Birthdays
I have heard two conflicting stories re birthdays. 1 - Since is commemorates the minute that the Torah was forgotten (midrash?) and the entry into the world of tum'ah and sin, it should not be celebrated. 2 - Since it commemorates the entry into Olam Ha'asiyah in which there is an opportunity to perform mitzvot and serve Hashem, then there is cause for celebration.
Oct
27
comment Is it permissible to play with cards?
It just goes to show that you can "prove" almost anything and its opposite if you really want to. And perhaps there are more elevated uses for "klaf" than "klafim". It looks as though it was a justification for discouraging a practice that it was felt was "not appropriate" for a shomer mitzvot.
Oct
22
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Hashkafah. Halacha gets more complicated.
Oct
22
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
@ray - The purpose is just to travel, see the sights (can add to admire the beautiful creation of Hashem that is nature) - I don't refere to outreach/kiruv such as Habad.
Oct
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asked Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
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answered Are Llamas Kosher?
Sep
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Sep
23
comment How strongly must a Mezuza be attached
I don't know about Velcro - but I have definitely heard of double sided adhesive tape being acceptable.
Sep
23
comment Please explain location of end of verse pattern in Ha'azinu
Without doing a full analysis - IIRC, Shirat Ha'azinu is composed of an opening which is good, a middle that is full of negative verses and ends in the reassurance that G-d will redeem Israel and lead to Vezot Habrachah. Maybe the breaks connect - anyone learnt this? Connection with even/odd or left/right in Kabbalah?
Sep
21
comment What's with this “approved for Pesach” tape?
@ Scimonster Don't forget that chametz must not be posessed or found at all, and presumably the haredim, who are renowned for their strictness, don't want to take the chance that there could be some chametz there, even if a dog wouldn't eat it (i.e. it's not actually chametz)
Sep
21
comment Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?
No source available, just from memory - I am fairly sure that the problem is only with the brachah which must not be said after sunset (not nightfall) because the time for tzitzit is when they can be seen (i.e. not a night). If someone is delayed to the extent that it is after sunset, then they should put on the tallit without a brachah.
Sep
21
comment What's with this “approved for Pesach” tape?
AIUI, Masking tape is a paper based tape. Paper can contain starch, which may be chametz (or at least kitnyot). Presumably someone has checked and this tape is free from any suspicion of chametz in its manufacture. Exactly who checked (i.e. which Bada"tz) is another matter.
Sep
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comment Closed caskets for Jewish burials
In Israel the deceased is buried without a coffin (except for military funerals where a coffin is always used). As I understand it, this is connected with the holiness of the land of Israel.